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Native America Calling: Jan. 11-14

Native America Calling, a live call-in program on public radio stations and the Internet, broadcasts from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (EST). Its phone number is (800) 996-2848. For more information and to listen to live and past shows visit

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Jan. 11: The Native political issues to watch

Native political watchers give their insights into the major issues likely to make waves in the coming year. Experts have their eyes on the future of the Indian Child Welfare Act, the jurisdiction questions unfolding in Oklahoma, rising Native political leaders and the back-and-forth over protecting important land.

Jan. 12: The enduring Laguna Pueblo Colony

When the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad extended a line across pueblo land in the Southwest, they promised jobs for pueblo workers. That promise led to the rise of pueblo colonies in urban areas. One of those is a thriving group of Laguna Pueblo citizens in Albuquerque who maintain their tribal connections at a distance.

Jan. 13: Nooksack disenrollees at a crossroads

The Nooksack Tribe’s efforts to expel 306 former citizens reached a new deadline. The tribe is working to evict more than 60 people from tribal housing. Many of them are children or elders and have few other housing options. Federal officials express their intention to respect tribal sovereignty, but also request the tribe hold off on the evictions temporarily.

Jan. 14: In the background – Native movie extras

The movie industry isn’t always about fame and glamour. There are a number of Native screen actors who are just fine staying out of the limelight, and manage to at least supplement their income by securing jobs as movie extras. Get tips from the pros about what it takes to be a face in the movie crowd.